Explaining gaps in employment

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Explaining Gaps in Employment. When you get to the interview, be prepared to discuss your resume. In addition toexplaining why you left previous companies and chit chat about the position, if you haveany gaps in employment be prepared to explain them. Many people are scared that aninterviewer is going to discover that they were without a job for a period of time. It is notnecessarily a bad thing, but you do have to be able to tell the interviewer why in the bestpossible light.




You should always be honest when explaining any absence from working, but you dohave license to spin what you did do in the best possible light. For instance, if you werelaid of your job and had a hard time finding a replacement but spent a lot of time withyour children you could say, “I took an opportunity to spend a few months with mychildren in between jobs.” If you took any courses or classes that adds value to yourskills as an employee be sure to mention that as well. You may find it beneficial to add abrief explanation on the resume itself or in a cover letter. Most times it is hard to get toan interview if there is a lengthy and unexplained employment gap.

If you are unsure what possible questions could be generated from your resume, haveanother person look at it. It is best to be prepared for certain questions and scenarios thatwill likely come up in an interview. You do not want to be caught unaware orfloundering for an answer. Give yourself time to figure out the best explanation for timesof unemployment so an interviewer sees it as reasonable or even beneficial to them in thecase of additional education and classes.

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